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  1. 406 votes
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    3 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Single pane of glass. Manage Azure subscribtions from Azure Pack and reverse

    Not with an additional resource provider, but merge the entries in the same portal.

    301 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Portal and API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Great feedback, and something we will be looking into. We appreciate any continued feedback and further suggestions on this topic!

  3. Build a graphical runbook design console for SMA with drag and drop items

    (like Orchestrator) and also provide prebuild powershell workflows as integration packs

    271 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for the feedback! We will investigate including graphical authoring in SMA.

  4. Allow tenants to protect and recover their virtual machines

    It is very important for tenants to have control over backup and recovery of the VMs they created in their Windows Azure Pack VM Clouds. It should be possible to backup VMs while online and recover while offline.

    230 votes
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    9 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are reviewing a feature for disaster recovery for VMs. If you have particular ideas about the feature, please share with us here. Note that disaster recovery and backup/recovery are different features.

  5. Runbook as a service

    Allow a tenant to run and author ans schedule runbooks from the Tenant Site.

    158 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Just to confirm the request, this is around having the complete SMA experience for tenants, correct? Should tenants be allowed to author their own runbooks? Or are you looking to have the admin provide runbook content for the tenants so that they can run and schedule approved runbooks?

  6. Add Cloud Services

    Add the ability to have Worker Roles in Azure Pack.
    In general, strive for feature parity with cloud based Azure. This gives companies a path to the cloud.
    Having a feature complete version of Azure that can be run in-house lets developers create Paas style applications that can still be run in private data centers. Then once everyone is comfortable, it can easily be moved to the cloud. Today its a huge leap to the cloud since some of the Paas style features (eg. Worker Roles) cannot run in a private data center. This requires completely different code depending on…

    150 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Other Services Needed  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Multitenant AD and ADFS

    Service Providers are moving from dedicated environment per tenant to automated shared environments. Active Directory and Federation forms challenges in these scenarios. Making these services truely multitenant and allow tenant interaction though Azure Pack helps Service Providers overcome these challenges.

    131 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Security and Identity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! We have this on our radar and appreciate any further feedback on this feature and what you would like to see.

  8. Choose a subnet when modifying the network settings for a VM.

    Today, we can add several address spaces inside a virtual network on the portal, but when setting a particular VM, we can only choose the virtual network, not the subnet (which is present when viewing into the VMM console)

    131 votes
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    4 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Adding, removing, growing and shrinking of VHDX files should be an online operation

    Currently a VM has to be taken offline to add, remove, grow or shrink a VHDX. If the operating supports it this should be an online experience.
    Future online capabilities should also be online in Windows Azure Pack

    74 votes
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    2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Set storage classifcations for disks in the VM Role for better placement rules

    The VM Role uses differencing disks. So the placement of the parent disk is crucial (because of I/O requirements)

    60 votes
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    2 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. implement Auto-Scale functionality for both Web Sites & VMs

    implement Auto-Scale functionality for both Web Sites & VMs - similar to azure functionality

    55 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Web Sites  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Azure Pack Team responded

    Hi-

    Thanks for the suggestion, We are following up with the parties responsible for these features.

    Thanks!

    Kylie

  12. Azure Pack Backup

    Similar to azure backup for DPM but as a service that can be offered in Azure Pack so that customers can backup their data from DPM to the hosting providers Azure Pack service.

    Also include an agent that can be installed directly onto a customer machine that can backup directly to the hosters backup portal (so that they are not bound to DPM in the case of smaller customers that may not require DPM).

    Azure pack should offer offsite DPM cloud storage or offsite client cloud backup storage for client machines (e.g. protect bare metal, my documents, my pictures or…

    55 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Other Services Needed  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Azure Pack Team responded

    Hi-

    Thank you for the suggestion- we have no active investigation but when resources become available we will take a look at this scenario.

    Thanks!

    Kylie

  13. Allow online add/removal of virtual network adapters

    Currently the VM has to be shutdown to add/remove a virtual network adapter

    47 votes
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    1 comment  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Allow online add/removal of ISO from Virtual Machine Manager Library

    Currently the VM has to be shutdown to add/remove a ISO

    47 votes
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    4 comments  ·  IAAS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Allow full DNS management

    Allow full DNS management for hosters who have DNS servers but also allow the same features via godaddy and such external DNS management providers.

    Admin portal to register and manage whilst user as a service can also add A and MX records etc.

    46 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Web Sites  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    While not on the short term roadmap, this is something we will look into bringing to the Web Sites provider in the future.

  16. 44 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Reseller  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your suggestion! As part of an update release this year, we added functionality to WAP to allow for multiple custom themes to support reseller scenarios. There is more that can be added, though, to support this scenario. It would be helpful to hear from you all who voted on this feature about the reseller scenarios you are trying to support to help inform us when making design choices.

  17. Provide a Windows Authenitcation site for the Tenant Site

    The tenants now authenticate against a SQL .Net Membership provider. An AD authentication site similar as for the Admin Site would fit certain scenario's where ADFS is not an option

    43 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Security and Identity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback, It’s great to see the comments with the different scenarios as well. We know this is important to some customers, and we are definitely looking into it!

  18. 43 votes
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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Setup and Configuration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. SMA Runbook concurrency

    The ability to set concurrency limits for individual runbooks would very useful (like Orchestrator).

    Example use/case: Querying AD for the next free SamAccountName and creating an AD user. If two runbooks which would result in the same SamAccountName being provided are started at the same time one of them will fail. A maximum concurrency of 1 would solve this.

    I've tried solving this with code in various ways, but have found no reliable way.

    41 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Service Management Automation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Beth Cooper responded

    Thanks for the feedback on this. We can investigate adding this functionality.

  20. Add all Azure services to Azure Pack

    Azure Pack should bring a complete symmetry for on-promises private and partner clouds in regards to Azure public cloud.

    40 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Other Services Needed  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    That’s what we strive towards: a consistent experience! What would you say are the services you are most anxious to see come on-premises first?

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